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SHERIDAN, Francis

Notes taken from "A Force Apart?" - you can help by expanding this entry


Francis Kernan Sheridan, born in South Australia on 23 December 1892, was a serving member of the South Australian Police Force when he applied to join the Northern Territory Police. He was obliged to defer accepting his appointment until completion of his engagement in South Australia. He eventually arrived in the Northern Territory in late September 1918. He was one of those unfortunate members who were continually in conflict with their superiors and whose moral conduct was less than satisfactory. Within a year of his enlistment in Darwin, Sheridan was accused of drunken and obscene behaviour. He was later charged and fined for being drunk on duty. In July 1940, he was arrested and charged with distributing socialist literature, but was found not guilty on the grounds that he had given a subversive document to only one person. He was later suspected of being active in the distribution of communist literature and making contact with communist institutions. After he left the police force, Francis Sheridan worked for the Hoover Electric Company (Australia) as head of security.

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